The Man In Black Returns: National Ballet Of Canada Restages Dance To Johnny Cash’s Music

“The Man in Black Trailer | The National Ballet of Canada”

[Original post from 2015. Updated video from 2018.]

James Kudelka’s The Man in Black will return to the stage as part of a larger evening of dance:

“Set to six songs performed by the late country and western giant Johnny Cash – In My Life, Four Strong Winds, Sam Hall, If You Could Read My Mind, Hurt and Further On Up The Road – the work for one female and three male dancers is by turns haunting, funny, anguished and touching, an utterly arresting work by one of today’s finest dancemakers.”

“The choreography is a play on several popular American country-western dance styles and the fluid partnering and sculptural groupings generate a stream of arrestingly poetic images. The choreography, like the songs that inspire it, is an ode to the human spirit.”

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.